Blog / Prospect New Orleans: Dates and Artistic Director’s Council Announced

Posted By Wendy Hower

trevor-brookeIt’s official! Dates are set for Prospect.4 (P.4), the fourth iteration of the international triennial art exhibition Prospect New Orleans: November 11, 2017, through February 25, 2018. Trevor Schoonmaker, who is Artistic Director of P.4 and also Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, has selected an international Artistic Director’s Council of seven artists and curators to recommend artists for inclusion in Prospect New Orleans, contribute to the project’s publication and participate in public programming surrounding the exhibition opening. The council includes artist William Cordova, based in Miami; Miranda Lash, curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; Omar Lopez-Chahoud, independent curator and artistic director of Untitled, Miami; artist Wangechi Mutu, based in Nairobi and New York; Filipa Oliveira, independent curator and director of Fórum Eugénio de Almeida in Lisbon, Portugal; artist Ebony G. Patterson, based in Kingston, Jamaica, and Lexington, Kentucky; Zoe Whitley, curator of international art and contemporary British art at the Tate, London.

P.4 will continue Prospect New Orleans’s tradition of showcasing the work of artists from around the globe. Taking into consideration the 300th anniversary of New Orleans’s founding and the city’s strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico, P.4 will direct its focus southward, placing greater emphasis on art and artists that engage the Global South, specifically from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the European powers that colonized this region.

“The rich diversity of New Orleans has developed over a long history of colonization, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, waves of migration and displacement and Gulf Coast trade routes buoyed by the city’s position as the American South’s largest port,” Schoonmaker said. “Artists in P.4 will explore many of these histories and themes and how they relate to contemporary geographical and cultural settings around the world.”

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Photo by J Caldwell.

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